Booking Through Thursday asks this week:
Since “Inspiration” is (or should) the theme this week … what is your reading inspired by?
I’m inspired to read books that fit my current interests. If a book claims to include magical realism, for example, I’ll usually check it out. I became truly interested in the genre when I began traveling to Mexico once a year and exploring Latin American and Latino authors. I want to learn more about the saints held dear, the traditions, the culture.
Another inspiration is reading books that expand a new interest. When I read a fictional account of life under the Taliban (The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns), I was inspired to read a nonfictional account – Three Cups of Tea.
Reading reviews also motivates me. I learn whose opinions to trust, and I look for clues within each review – keywords, if you will, that make me think: This book’s for you.